Previously, I-95 ran from Philadelphia north across the Delaware River at the Scudder Falls Bridge into New Jersey, just north of Trenton, and terminated at the Route 1 interchange in Lawrence, NJ, where it became I-295 south. I-95 then picked up again as part of the New Jersey Turnpike at Interchange 7A in Robbinsville, New Jersey.
To address the gap and make I-95 continuous along the entire East Coast of the United States, Congress passed the 1982 Surface Transportation Assistance Act (STAA), which mandated the completion of I-95 using the existing Pennsylvania and New Jersey turnpikes via an interchange between I-95 and the Pennsylvania Turnpike, a portion of which is scheduled for completion in Fall 2018.
Pennsylvania, New Jersey, the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), and various affected transportation agencies have worked together to revise the route descriptions for I‐95. The redesignation of the affected interstates was presented to the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) Special Committee on U.S. Route Numbering and was approved in May 2015.
The approved redesignation includes the conversion of about 20 miles of what was originally signed as I‐95, north of the PA Turnpike, over the Scudder Falls Bridge into New Jersey, to the former terminus at U.S. 1 / I‐295. In Pennsylvania, this requires 10.4 miles of I-95, from the PA Turnpike to the Scudder Falls Bridge, to be redesignated as I-295 East (toward New Jersey) / West (toward Philadelphia). In New Jersey, this conversion serves as an extension of I-295, for 9.2 miles of I-95 from U.S. 1 to the Scudder Falls Bridge, which has been redesignated as I-295 North (toward Pennsylvania) / South (toward Princeton). Exit numbers along the affected roadway segment have been changed as a result of this conversion process. The installation of signing involved with this redesignation began in January 2018 and continues to gradually progress within Pennsylvania, ultimately concluding on the PA side of the Scudder Falls Bridge in the vicinity of the PA Turnpike by Fall 2018. As Phase I and Phase 2 Redesignation activities are now complete, I-95 currently runs from Philadelphia to its current terminus at the Taylorsville Road (New Hope/Yardley) interchange, where it changes to I-295. I-295 then continues as a beltway interstate through New Jersey towards its second connection with I-95 in Wilmington, DE. Phase 3 of the Redesignation activities, which will complete the conversion of I-95 to I-295 from the Taylorsville Road interchange to the PA Turnpike, will be implemented through the Summer of 2018.
The approved redesignation also includes the conversion of 1.7 miles of the PA Turnpike (currently I‐276) as I‐95 North (toward New York) / South (toward Philadelphia) from the newly constructed interchange to the Delaware River Bridge midspan. I‐95 will then continue along the NJ Turnpike North (toward New York) / South (toward Philadelphia) for approximately 15 miles to New Jersey Turnpike Exit 7A, where I‐95 officially exists today. Many of the signs associated with this conversion have already been installed and covered, but will be supplemented with new signage and uncovered by Fall 2018.
In Fall 2018, the PA Turnpike / I‐95 Interchange flyovers will be completed and opened to traffic. At that point, all new signs will have been installed and any remaining signage installed in advance of this redesignation will be uncovered and fully visible to the motoring public. Any existing exit numbers that have changed will be supplemented with an “Old Exit” sign to mitigate any confusion during the transition period.